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Among journalists―and particularly war correspondents―Homer Bigart was the standard-bearer. Previously available only in crumbling library copies of the Tribune and the Times or in the dusty bins of microfiche repositories, his keen insights into warfare and the minds of those who wage it are now collected in a volume that offers a rare glimpse at a breed of journalist that had already passed into legend by the time of Bigart's death.

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Among journalists of two generations - and particularly war correspondents - Homer Bigart was both legend and example. In a career of four decades, first with the New York Herald Tribune and then, through 1972, with The New York Times, Bigart distinguished himself as a superb writer and tireless digger for the realities that could be learned only in the field and not at headquarters. In 1943 Bigart sailed for England to cover the air war and was soon on muleback in Sicily, and hanging on at Anzio. He then went to the Pacific, where his dispatches won him his first Pulitzer Prize for foreign correspondence. When hostilities erupted in Korea he was again on the front lines in the Orient, and again recipient of a Pulitzer. By the time of the American involvement in Vietnam, he was an old-timer, a seasoned correspondent admired and celebrated for his wit but regarded with awe for his masterly stories, in which straightforward prose, informed by tenacious reporting, cut to the heart of the issues. Previously available only in crumbling library copies of the Tribune and the Times, or in microfilm repositories, his dispatches, with their rare insights into warfare and the minds of those who wage war, are now collected in Forward Positions: The War Correspondence of Homer Bigart, edited by Betsy Wade and introduced by Harrison E. Salisbury, himself the winner of a Pulitzer Prize for journalism. Forward Positions does honor to a breed of journalist that had passed into history by the time of Bigart's death. It includes one of the first accounts of the atomic annihilation of Hiroshima, a report on the war-crimes trial of Adolf Eichmann, a number of dispatches on "hot" battles of the Cold War, anda probing dispatch on Lieutenant William Calley's testimony on the My Lai massacre. With this representative selection of more than fifty of Bigart's accounts of war on the ground, in the air, and in the courtroom, Wade provides a wealth of background material about his career, as well as glimpses of his impact on journalism. The book promises hours of captivating and informative reading for journalists, historians, veterans, and anyone who likes a good story tautly told.

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